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There’s an old saying about not getting mad, but getting even.

I’ve had a basketful of bad luck over the last few years, what with losing my wife of forty years and son to cancer and then suffering a couple of strokes. So perhaps now is the time to do something to wipe the slate clean and see if I can buy off the Devil who is bugging me. I had thought about perhaps doing something like riding my bicycle to Moscow, like Carol Thatcher did, but she is a lot braver and fitter than I am.

I’d much prefer to do something to raise money that for most of the time had me sitting in a comfortable chair and that at night allowed me to sleep most nights in my own bed.

The task, if I will accept it, is to visit all the 92 Premier and Football League grounds in alphabetical order in one calendar month, using only trains, trams, buses and Shanks’s pony. More details on the rules are here.

I have created a page of all the teams and it looks like it will be possible to do it in a 31-day month. The details are here.

October, this year would be a good choice as on the 1st, Aldershot, who are second alphabetically, play Accrington Stanley who are first.  So hopefully, I could visit the match and then get a lift back to Aldershot on a supporters coach, just in time to get a train back to London and do Arsenal on the way home.

On the other hand there are some interesting days, where several clubs are close to each other both in alphabetic order and geographically or easier to get between. There are.

  1. 3rd – Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool and Bolton
  2. 15th – Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester City, Manchester United and then on to Middlesbrough
  3. 17th – Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Notts County, Nottingham Forest and then on to Oldham
  4. 21st – Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and then on to Shrewbury
  5. 23rd – Swansea, Swindon, Torquay and then back to Tottenham.

Other than the Accrington-Aldershot match, there would appear to be games on the 15th at Macclesfield, the 22nd at Stevenage and perhaps it will all end on the 29th at Yeovil.

Obviously any money I raise will go to Liverpool University to help with research into pancreatic cancer. See Donations for more details.

At a first glance there are a few difficult teams.

  1. Bournemouth
  2. Bradford
  3. Colchester
  4. Coventry
  5. Crawley Town
  6. Doncaster
  7. Oxford United
  8. Plymouth
  9. Port Vale
  10. Shrewsbury
  11. Stoke
  12. Swindon
  13. Torquay
  14. Yeovil

Any help on buses or walking routes for these would be appreciated.  Lifts, although I’m grateful for the thought, are not allowed.

The irony is that I don’t think this would have been possible for me, until this year, as now Marks and Spencer’s now have stagetically placed pit-stops in many stations, where I can get wholesome gluten-free sandwiches to speed me on my way.

Here is a provisional schedule.

  1. 1st – Accrington, Aldershot and Arsenal
  2. 2nd – Aston Villa, Barnet and Barnsley
  3. 3rd – Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool and Bolton
  4. 4th – Bournemouth and Bradford
  5. 5th – Brentford, Brighton, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers
  6. 6th – Burnley, Burton Albion and Bury
  7. 7th – Cardiff and Carlisle
  8. 8th – Charlton, Chelsea, Cheltenham and Chesterfield
  9. 9th – Colchester, Coventry and Crawley Town
  10. 10th – Crewe, Crystal Palace and Dagenham and Redbridge
  11. 11th – Derby, Doncaster, Everton and Exeter
  12. 12th – Fulham, Gillingham, and Hartlepool
  13. 13th – Hereford, Huddersfield and Hull
  14. 14th – Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester and Leyton Orient
  15. 15th – Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester City, Manchester United
  16. 16th – Middlesbrough, Millwall and Milton Keynes
  17. 17th – Morecambe and Newcastle
  18. 18th – Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Notts County
  19. 19th – Oldham, Oxford United and Peterborough
  20. 20th – Plymouth and Port Vale
  21. 21st – Portsmouth and Preston
  22. 22nd – QPR, Reading, Rochdale and Rotherham
  23. 23rd – Scunthorpe, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Shrewsbury
  24. 24th – Southampton, Southend, Stevenage and Stoke
  25. 25th – Sunderland and Swansea
  26. 26th – Swindon, Torquay and Tottenham
  27. 27th – Tranmere, Walsall, Watford, West Brom and West Ham
  28. 28th – Wigan, AFC Wimbledon, Wolverhampton and Wycombe
  29. 29th – Yeovil

22 Comments »

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  2. Looks incredibly demanding, but I reckon you have the determination to succeed!
    David D

    Comment by david dell | September 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. good luck!

    Comment by naughthero | September 15, 2011 | Reply

  4. Valley Parade is a 15 minute walk from Bradford Forster Square and 25 from Bradford Interchange, there’s a fair few buses (most of which leave Bradford Interchange) that go along Manningham Lane that runs right by the ground and the stadium is easily visible, if you were to ask locals for directions to the ground, I should think that pretty much anyone could tell you where the ground is.

    Comment by Aidan | September 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for that, Aidan

      Comment by AnonW | September 15, 2011 | Reply

      • Not a problem, best of luck 🙂

        Comment by Aidan | September 15, 2011

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  7. Will definitely come and cheer you on at Torquay. Good for you. Alison

    Comment by Alison Lyon | September 29, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Aly. What I need is a quick walking route to the ground from the station and back. It’s also quicker to walk with someone. One of the points is to do it totally without lifts.

      Comment by AnonW | September 29, 2011 | Reply

  8. Best of Luck with this! I think this is a great idea! 😀

    Comment by lizneale14 | October 4, 2011 | Reply

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  10. This sounds like a really interesting journey-I would love to see all the different stadiums, big and small. Good luck with it!

    Comment by Holly | June 12, 2012 | Reply

    • I have completed it now. Just click on 92 Clubs.

      Comment by AnonW | June 12, 2012 | Reply

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  14. I had no idea that M&S now do gluten-free sandwiches, thanks for the tip!

    Comment by Blue Witch | July 27, 2013 | Reply

    • The branches that do them are an odd collection. Most London stations have them and so do some big ones in stations like Birmingham, Cambridge and Manchester Piccadilly.

      On the other hand the large M&S at Eastfield near Stratford doesn’t do them.

      You’re also starting to get more GF restaurants in stations as Network Rail pushes them up-market! Carluccio’s in Manchester Picc is particularly good, with free wi-fi.

      Comment by AnonW | July 27, 2013 | Reply

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